From 1907/1908, the know-how acquired with the intensive use of similar systems for goods began to be applied to the construction of modern aerial cableways for passengers. In 1908, the first ropeway for passenger transportation in Central Europe, the “Kohlernbahn” was built in Bozen, Italy, by LEITNER.
Winter tourism required ropeways that were more and more efficient, yet at the same time comfortable. In year 1930 the first large cabin gondola lift was built near Freiburg, Germany, followed by the first ski tow lift in 1933 in Davos, Switzerland and the first chairlift in Sun Valley, USA in 1935. The year 1947 marked the first Italian chairlift made in Corvara by LEITNER.
Ropeways are mature, efficient and comfortable means of transport that are used mainly in the areas of winter sports and tourism. Thanks to their specific characteristics, such as flexibility and cost efficiency, ropeways are also gaining in importance as a means of transport in urban areas.